UPI Education's Summer Camp Leadership Development Program 2014 at Camp Colley, AZ. A huge thank you to all our sponsors, facilitators, and donors. This journal commemorates each and every single success, and memorializes the wonderful people who were involved, and the students whose lives are changed for the better due to the Life Skills Solutions™ training program they participated in.
The Summer Teen Leadership program is a result of
several agencies with the collective purpose of developing
a leadership camp for young people identified as future
movers and shakers in our community!
The Summer Teen Leadership Camp consists of three main
• Part 1 is an Orientation which brings parents,
participants and camp facilitators together for the first
• Part 2 are the in-town weekly sessions (three days per
week; three hours per day.
• Part 3 is the retreat to Camp Colley on the last weekend
of the program.
• CITY OF PHOENIX - PROJECT B.R.A.V.E.
• UNIFIED PROGRESS INTERNATIONAL
• ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
• PEER SOLUTIONS
• BLACK POET VENTURES
• FAMILY AFFAIR PROJECT (FAP)
Throughout the five week camp program
term Project Brave assisted with recruitment.
The Brave team prepared daily activities in
cooperation with UPI Education and facilitate
special sessions on Anger Management,
Conflict Resolution, and Choices and
During week four of the Summer Teen
Leadership Camp, Project Brave facilitated a
Mask Making exercise which amplified the
Personal Responsibility discussions.
EDUCATION(UPI) Four key chapters of the UPI Life Skills Solutions Curriculum formed the
foundational introduction for the Summer Teen Leadership Camp. The
First You Are Born
Participants learned about the wonders of birth and infancy.
Nourishment, nurturing and other basic necessities of caring and
raising toddlers, adolescent development as well as interesting
facts pertinent to themselves.
Participants learned about the significant bond that we have as
human beings to our families and the network of interdependency
that creates the healthy support for each of us. The chapter
addresses the various types of families i.e.; Single Parent Families,
Step Families, Cohabitation Families, Joint/Shared-Custody
Families and the numerous challenges that result when divorce
breaks families up.
High School & Beyond
Participants learned about the importance of working hard for
grade point averages and how their scores can benefit them
through scholarship and other forms of crucial support. The
chapter explores the necessity of effective study habits and taking
Participants learned about Society in general; the need and
expectation of government and the various forms of Government
throughout the centuries from Monarchies to Totalitarianism; from
Communism to Democracy
How as emerging citizens of this country and our ever increasing
global community, it is incumbent upon each of them to accept
the challenge of personal and social responsibility to educate
themselves about voting and supporting the democratic system
that is recognized and respected throughout the free world.
During week three of the Summer Teen
Leadership Camp, ASU’s academic and
undergraduate student representatives lead
camp participants on a tour of ASU’s main
campus, followed by four brief informational
presentations addressing the following:
o The value and importance of a college
o How to prepare for college
o How to choose a college to attend
Admin Professional (FSC)
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
SERVE During the Summer Teen Leadership Camp
young leaders was exposed to the Peer
Solutions G2BG “Five (5) things that anyone
can do to help change the world” and the
coalition concept of “Stand & Serve” which
works to prevent child abuse, sexual,
relationship, family, gang, gun and school
violence, suicide, depression, oppression,
substance abuse, eating disorders, poor body
image, poor school performance,
homelessness and more, before they begin.
THE GUTS TO BE GOOD- G2BG is also about
working together to cultivate good to end
bad. The Stand & Serve representatives
incorporated the following while working
with camp participants:
1.The guts to be RESPECTFUL,
2.The guts to be COURTEOUS,
3.The guts to SPEAK UP,
4.The guts to be HONEST &
5.The guts to LEND A HAND
Stand & Serve Facilitator
Stand & Serve Facilitator
Black Poet Ventures (BPV) engaged
participants in the creation of “# CHANGE THE
WORLD” which resulted in participants
personal journaling which consists of their
reflections, poems, opinions and impressions
of their experiences throughout the five week
FAMILYAFFAIRPROJECT(FAP) Throughout the five week camp program, the
Family Affair Project (FAP) provided transportation
for young leaders to and from Harmon Park, where
the weekly camp activities were conducted. FAP
also facilitated the Up on Game Basketball
Workshops, Fishing for Life fishing activity and
Battle of the Sexes volleyball game.
On Saturday, August 2nd, during the retreat to Camp
Colley, Camp Colley facilitators conducted a safety
first class and then took the young leaders
canoeing, Crawdad fishing and concluded the
evening with S’mores around a campfire and
Three generations of men and women, ranging
from 25 to 35, 40 to 50 and 55 to 65 years of age
slept in tents with the young leaders, where they
contributed to overnight discussions on a range of
hot topics; from Faith in God to Sexuality.
On Sunday morning, August 3rd, camp leaders,
facilitators, chaperones, young leaders, and parents
showed up for the Bishop Abraham Harris, Jr.
Memorial Breakfast where they shared testimonials
and the young leaders received a Certificate of
Completion for successfully completing the
Summer Teen Leadership Camp_2014 program.
Camp Colley Chaperone
Rasoul “Mookie” Ambrose
Up on Game Basketball
Up on Game Basketball
Coach & Camp Colley
Camp Colley Chaperone
Camp Colley Chaperone
1. Yalacia Brown, Phoenix Arizona
2. Ledger P. Cantley, IV, Las Vegas
3. Anicia J. Cantley, Las Vegas
4. Jazmin T. Cantley, Avondale Arizona
5. Juan D. Cardoza
6. Bella M. Comma
7. Ariel M. Henry
8. Destinee M. Henry
9. Makaila A. Jones
10. Elisha Perkins
11. Gabrielle J. Perkins
12. Jaylon Thompson
13. Ricktavon Thompson
14. Sayvin Thompson
My name is Yalacia Brown. I am a Junior
at AAEC High School in Phoenix, Arizona.
I’m interested in doing something in the
medical field. I’m deciding between a
Veterinarian, Pediatrician, and an
Ultrasound Technician. I would love to
learn how to help animals and children.
I’ve already started learning about
animals and their medical issues in a class
I took my Freshman year. I enjoyed the
class and would love to continue. My
interest in wanting to work with animals
started when I went to Sea World in Dan
I like newborn babies and I would like to
take care of them after delivery. I think it
would be cool to learn how to use an
My name is Ledger Prophet Cantley, IV. I
am a Sophomore at Bonanza High School
in Las Vegas, Nevada.
My favorite things to do is play football,
video games, hangout with friends and
have fun. Some of my favorite foods are
burgers, sinighan (Filipino), and BBQ.
I am not afraid of much but I am scared
when it comes to paranormal activity.
Sometimes I like to talk to myself because
you just need to talk to yourself to get over
obstacles on your own.
One of the possibilities of shaping my
destiny is going to school and getting good
grades. This will help my future so I would
be able to do what I choose. I am
interested in playing football, video game
editor and also playing drums. I want to
learn everything it takes to be the best of
what I do.
My name is Anicia Cantley. I am a
Freshman at Secta High School in Las
In life, I’m very interested in becoming a
Cosmetologist and an Auto Technician. I
would like to learn more skills involving
many different career paths I’d like to take
as I grow up. I’d like to have a successful
career whether it’s doing hair; or working
on cars; or working in a classroom.
This is all very important to me because I
would like to be successful in what I do
regardless of what field it would be in.
There are quire a few ways I can shape my
destiny. For example, as of now, I’m
enrolled in a magnet high school which
has career majors you can take to where
by the time you’re out of high school you
can have a job.
My name is Jazmin T. Cantley. I am a
Freshman at Sierra Linda High School in
My dream in like is to go to the Olympics;
become a baker and a singer.
I would like to either play volleyball in the
Olympics, or I want to be a contestant on
a show like X-Factor, or the Voice.
I want to learn how to do a Floater. I also
want to learn Jump Serves, and I want to
better my Sets.
I would either want to be an Olympian, or
to own my own bakery. I really, really,
really love volleyball.
JUANDEVONTECARDOZA My name is Juan Davonte Cardoza. I am a
Sophomore at Sierra Linda High School in
My motivation in life is to be successful and
provide for my kin. I prefer staying active and
chilling with friends. I don’t consider many
people family but the ones I do, I love dearly.
A life goal I’ll strive to achieve is doing
something about all this evil and hate in the
world. Money makes the world go round, but
money is the root to all evil. Therefore, I strive
to rule money, not let it rule me.
As a Black man in America, I realize my goal to
achieve greatness is difficult but I really believe
in myself and my capabilities. I don’t need
anyone to achieve my goal but myself.
In life I am interested in living a life of travel; a
life of fame and extreme wealthiness, or all in
one. Special skills I plan to learn are in
entrepreneur. I would like to learn various
skills I could use to start a successful business.
I’d also like to learn a different language and
speak it fluently. I’m not sure what kind of
career I’d like to have, however, being my own
boss sounds good though.
My name is Bella M. Comma. I am a
Sophomore at Camelback High School in
My dream in life is to become a successful
person and to intertwine passion with my
career. I want to become a Set Design
Manager and/or a top Accountant; then
become an Editor and travel.
I want to become a partner with Stand &
Serve and help the greater generation of
My goal for now is to become a future
business leader of America and to become
Camelback Division President of my senior
I want to do all of this so I can achieve greater
things in my life to help others. Also I want to
be a Global translator for Arabic, Chinese,
French, Greek, Spanish and Egyptian.
My name is Ariel Henry. My family calls me
Air. My favorite drink to drink is Mountain
My life goal is to become successful in
anything I do. My role models are my mom
Something that I want to change is
homelessness and paying bills.
Something that I want to achieve in a 30-
day period is to succeed in my academic
My name is Destinee Henry, but some people
call me Des . I love Chinese food and
When I get older I would like to start a charity
so that nobody will die of starvation. My
family and others motivated me to think of
In this world I would like for everyone to be
treated equally and with respect.
My name is Makaila Alexis Smith-Jones and
I am 15 years old. I attended an Arts School
from 1st grade to 8th grade and I am now in
the 10th grade of high school.
My favorite hobbies are cheer, dance, and
volleyball. I was in a dance crew for about
three years and am currently at a dance
studio called “Juicebox”. I am on the
cheerleading team at my school and on the
volleyball team at my local Boys and Girls
My plan for life is to marry young and start
my career early. I would like three children
(1 boy and 2 girls) and a family dog. I plan
on taking online classes for my schooling in
college to get my B.F.A. degree.
My name is Elisha J. Perkins. I am in the
Seventh Grade at Imagine Elementary
School in Phoenix Arizona.
My future in life, I would like to play
basketball or boxing. I’d like to learn new
stuff about both sports so I can improve
myself and become better. This will be
important to me because I want to be like
my grandpa and Frank Crump.
My name is Gabrielle J. Perkins. I am a
Senior at La Joya Community High School in
• I want to be an actor and a model.
• I want to be successful.
• How to be a better performer and learn
• This is important to me because it’s
something that I’ve invested my time into.
I am very passionate about the things that
My name is Jaylon D. J. Thompson. I am in
the Eighth grade at Villa De Paz Elementary
School in Phoenix Arizona.
I think about life and how your choices
effect your future. My dream in life is to
become inspiring to young children.
Well, yes I want to be in the NBA but I also
want to inspire young children. I think to
myself a lot, some of these kids need a role
model. People say it is all about the money
and I just want to be famous. Well, that is
stupid. Think about it; all these kids you
can be helping.
This is my job and this is why I work hard at
school to achieve my dreams.
My name is Ricktavon Oshea Thompson is a
Freshman at OMS School in Phoenix
Some special skills I want to learn is
basketball. That’s where I see my career
going I see my life going around sports and
my thoughts about it is that I want to be a
great person on the count and off. So I see
my life having to do with sports.
My destiny – I have plenty of possibilities,
so I have to wait until they come around in
Why is it so important to me; it’s because
it’s a way out of the hood and it’s gonna be
a chance to have a better life where I don’t
have to see people struggle; where I can be
able to help out.
My name is Sayvin Z. Thompson. My nick
name is “Say Say”. One of my favorite
foods is pizza.
My dream is to make it to the N.B. A. and
the person that I look up to is Allen
The thing I don’t like is when people speak
different languages around me. Some of
my fears are rats. My favorite drink is Dr.
I would like to change things by helping
the community with money.
PEERSOLUTIONS–STAND&SERVE You can you your Coping Skills Toolbox to help calm you down or make you
feel better if you’re going through a hard time.
A. Find something that positively affects each one of your senses
1. Something that tastes good to you (chocolate, candy, mints,
2. Something that smells nice (perfume, candles, lotion,
3. Something that sounds nice and is calming (a music box, a
snow globe, soft music, meditation guides)
4. Something that you can touch (a stuffed animal, a blanket, a
5. Something that you can see (artwork, happy pictures)
B. Find something distracting that you can use to take your mind off the
current problem (e.g. coloring books, puzzle books, positive websites,
positive music, sewing, knitting, positive movies, positive books)
C. Find something that’s opposite of your negative feeling that is
consistent to a more positive action (e.g. inspirational statements, go
for a walk, etc.)
D. Find something guaranteed to cheer you up (e.g. funny movie, TV
shows, books, etc.
E. Find tools for emotional awareness, that is, stuff that helps you identify
and express what you’re feeling (e.g. a chart of emotions, art supplies,
a journal, etc.)
F. Find tools for grounding yourself in the present moment (e.g.
meditation exercises, yoga, stress balls, breathing exercises, etc.)
G. Create a crisis plan, that is a list of phone numbers you can call
(emergency hotlines and/or trusted friends/adults) if you feel like the
coping skills toolbox isn’t enough.
Place everything from A – G above in your toolbox. Put the toolbox
somewhere that you will remember to use it! ! !
Coping Skills Toolbox
Jeff Spellman & Camp Colley Staff
John Mason, City of Phoenix
Harman Park Librarian
Stevie Colter, Harman Park Recreation Center Manger
Harman Park Security Guard
Mother Marie Warner
Fay & Sam Webster
E. Maxine Robinson
LC Electric, L.L.C.
Jim Warner, Jr.
And the Parents of the Young Leaders
The Summer Teen Leadership Camp 2014
management team acknowledges the
following for their valuable support